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tim Timothy Wollenzien has been Education Services Manager at Prairie Public since July 2015. He was previously director of Cultural Events, Music Organizations and Program Operations at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and prior to that he served for seven seasons as the camp director of the International Music Camp Summer School of Fine Arts at the International Peace Garden in North Dakota/Manitoba. Wollenzien’s 22-year teaching career included classroom and instrumental music education at Lake of the Woods School in Baudette, and at Coon Rapids High School and Osseo Senior High, all in Minnesota. He also served on the music education faculty at St. Cloud (Minn.) State University. Wollenzien holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and he earned master’s and doctoral degrees in music education from the University of Minnesota.   A passionate advocate for arts education and community arts engagement, Wollenzien remains musically active as a euphoniumist with the Lake Agassiz Concert Band and the International Tuba Quartet. He has served for many years as a community band conductor and organizer of many “Merry TubaChristmas” celebrations. He currently serves as a coordinator of “Oktubafest” held annually at the International Music Camp. Tim and his wife, Laurie, live in Moorhead, and are the parents of two adult daughters.  He can be contacted at twollenzien@prairiepublic.org or 701-241-7575.
Shaina Winning brings a background in early childhood education to her position as Education Services Associate.  In her role, she concentrates on Ready to Learn initiatives as well as curriculum connections for Prairie Public’s extensive online resources. Born and raised in Valley City, N.D., Shaina graduated from Valley City State University with a degree in elementary education. Her credentials are in Early Childhood Education, Title I Reading and Title I Math, and she is working toward being credentialed in ELL (English Language Learners). She taught elementary school for seven years – the last five of those in the Bismarck (N.D.) Public School District. Prior to joining the Prairie Public team, she was a Title I Reading and Curriculum Specialist at Dorothy Moses Elementary School in Bismarck. She is currently attending North Dakota State University’s master’s degree program for School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Contact Shaina at swinning@prairiepublic.org.
gunn Gunel Huseynova is an Education Associate who specializes in working on content updates to PBS LearningMedia and the North Dakota Studies websites. She also assists with producing the department’s two monthly e-newsletters, providing tech support as needed, and maintaining the mobile-device lab. She is originally from Azerbaijan and moved to Fargo five years ago. Gunel holds a master’s degree in International Relations and European studies from the University of Strasbourg, France. Prior to her experience at Prairie Public she completed internships at the United Nations mission in Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe in France. She also worked for the international non-profit organization IREX (International Research and Exchange Board). Contact Gunel Huseynova at ghuseynova@prairiepublic.org or 701-239-7513.
shelli Shelli Herman brings an educational background in secondary and middle school education as well as marketing and politics to Prairie Public Education Services. Shelli is a native of Bismarck, N.D., but has lived in six states and the District of Columbia. Most recently a teacher in the Phoenix area, she has worked as an English teacher, drama instructor, and ELL coordinator. She also held the position of marketing director at Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre and is a founding member of Fargo’s Tin Roof Theatre Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in acting, and a master’s in dramatic criticism from the University of North Dakota, as well as a broadcasting certificate from Brown College. Shelli also spent time in Washington working for former Congressman Earl Pomeroy. She is a well-established actor, singer, and director. She is working toward a certificate in social media marketing. You may contact Shelli Herman at mherman@prairiepublic.org or 701-241-7551.
 Originally from Scranton, N.D., Lynda Ferguson first attended Bismarck State College for Graphic Arts and Advertising. After establishing a career as a freelance artist and writer, she received a bachelor’s from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) and a master’s in education from UMN Duluth with a focus on alternative education and community-supported learning through the arts and media, curriculum design and assessment, cultural competency, and leadership development. She has worked with several schools, community groups, nonprofits, and state agencies in North Dakota and Minnesota. At Prairie Public, Lynda is responsible for promoting and training with PBS LearningMedia, middle and high school curriculum, FastForward, Lifelong Learning, and TeacherLine initiatives. She is a point of contact for the Prairie Region Teacher Training Institute, Minnesota educators, administrators, and other partners. In her free time, Lynda continues to do writing and artwork, primarily working on the development of characters for children’s educational television programs.
Tammy Swift coordinates and promotes preK-12 education events, workshops and conferences – with special emphasis on Ready to Learn initiatives (early childhood education). She is also responsible for departmental newsletters and assists with grant writing, departmental social media, and some web content. A native of Glen Ullin, N.D., Tammy graduated from North Dakota State University with a mass communications degree. Her 25-year-career has mostly been spent in newsrooms around the state. She has been a reporter, columnist, features writer, and editor at the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Tammy also has worked as a writer in University Relations/Publications Services at NDSU and as a social media marketing director at a downtown development firm. Although this is her first job in the education field, Tammy does hail from a family of teachers. Her grandmother was a teacher, her aunt taught fifth grade for many years, and her mother taught in a one-room schoolhouse and later became an art instructor. Contact Tammy at tswift@prairiepublic.org or 701-239-7588.